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Cloning Human Beings Is Not Ethical.

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Cloning Human Beings Is Not Ethical Abstract Cloning is a hot subject in our world today, one full of controversy. This started when Prof. Ian Wilmut cloned the first sheep in 1997, named Dolly. Since then, mice, cats, and cows have been cloned. Now the cloning of humans threatens our world. Clonaid claims to have cloned at least 3 babies so far. None have been proven. A brief history is given about Clonaid and its founder, Rael. Also, the beliefs of some other religions and where they stand on the subject of cloning are covered, showing cloning is unethical. The Cloning Controversy What is cloning? Cloning or asexual reproduction is basically the production of an individual genetically identical to an already existing individual. The actual name of this process is "somatic cell nuclear transfer," which is a fancy name but its concept is simple: Take a mature but unfertilized egg and remove its nucleus; introduce a nucleus obtained from a specialized somatic cell of an adult organism (Cloning, 2003). Once the egg begins to divide, transfer the little embryo to a woman's uterus to initiate a pregnancy. Since most of the heredity material of a cell is contained in its nucleus, the re-nucleated egg and the individual that is born from this process are genetically the same. This process could even be used to clone someone who is dead without his or her consent, a real threat to reproductive freedom, which has received very little attention. To clone or not to clone a human being is no longer considered just a simple question. ...read more.

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Human cloning is wrong; it will be five years from now; and wrong 100 years from now!" (Governor Engler, 1999, pg.1) Michigan and Iowa ban all cloning, and California, Louisiana, Virginia and Rhode Island ban cloning aimed at producing a child, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (Willing, 2003, pg.2) Since January 1, 2003, legislators in 22 states and houses of Congress have introduced at least 48 measures aimed at banning or regulating the cloning of human embryos to produce children or to advance research. Legislators in Indiana have introduced bills that ban all cloning and also that ban cloning to produce a child (Willing, 2003, pg.2-3). A hearing last month in Indiana's House of Representatives was typical of the recent debate on human cloning. Advocates of a cloning ban argued that research cloning is akin to abortion, because the clone is destroyed in the process. They also argued against creating human life as a commodity, even for well-intentioned research. They said permitting research cloning would lead to baby cloning by creating a pool of cloned embryos that rogue scientists could tap. The other side argued that it is humanitarian and that baby cloning can be prevented by strict laws and criminal penalties. "The (committee) chairman asked me if we couldn't get together on a compromise of some sort," says Rep. Peggy Welch, a Bloomington Democrat who has proposed banning all forms of cloning. "Ordinarily, I'd jump at the chance, but not with cloning. ...read more.

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He became an auto racing journalist. One day in 1973, while he was visiting a French volcano, he met green space aliens on a flying saucer visit from outer space. The extraterrestrials told him they created all life on earth using genetic engineering. Now, Rael wears flowing white robes and a full beard. The group also wears a silver medallion combining the Star of David and a snowflake, which they say symbolizes infinite time and space (Just Who Exactly Are the Raelians? 2002, pg.1-2). The group claims to have 55,000 members worldwide. Quebec granted the movement religious status during the 1990's. Members of the group have distributed condoms among the Canadian teenagers and promote open sexual expression similar to the free-love days of the 1960's, (Who Are the Raelians, 2002, pg.1-2). Although scientists may in fact clone a human someday, one thing they will not be able to copy is a person's soul. Cloning is a violation of God's law. The Bible reveals that God created us in his image and that He wants a close relationship with us. To attain a relationship with Him we first have to humble ourselves and admit we are not perfect. By cloning a human, we have just tried to make ourselves God. This is an affront to God. The more advances we make in science, the greater the temptation will be to ignore the moral consequences, because the advances will bring seductive promises of ever-increasing benefits to the human condition. We better quit ignoring these pressing moral issues, because we can be sure that science is not going to wait for us to catch up. ...read more.

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